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Transamerica Pyramid and 555 California Street San Francisco



The Marine Layer covering all of San Francisco with the exception of the two tallest buildings in the City. The TransAmerica Pyramid and Bank of America Buildin...
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The Marine Layer covering all of San Francisco with the exception of the two tallest buildings in the City. The TransAmerica Pyramid and Bank of America Building - 555 California Street
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ornani
 
ornani September 17, 2012
WOW. great capture
bobbynall
 
bobbynall September 17, 2012
That is a cool shot
Serendipity1
 
Serendipity1 September 17, 2012
Very nice!
jaks7755
 
jaks7755 October 16, 2012
great shot
Marian PRO+
 
Marian October 16, 2012
Congratulations!!! On your win!!!!Great work!!
DustinsMom
 
DustinsMom October 16, 2012
Congrats on your win!
raz514
 
raz514 October 16, 2012
Congratulations!
JeffreyA PRO
 
JeffreyA October 16, 2012
nice
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions October 16, 2012
congrats
jej621 PRO+
 
jej621 October 16, 2012
A very unique capture, congratulation!!
disneymamom PRO+
 
disneymamom October 16, 2012
congrats on win!!
maksym PRO
 
maksym October 16, 2012
Congratulations! Great job!!!!!
brodia65
 
brodia65 October 16, 2012
Great shot! Congrats!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo October 16, 2012
Wow! Congrats!
jsharp006 PRO
 
jsharp006 October 16, 2012
cool! congratulations!
Woombaway PRO+
 
Woombaway October 17, 2012
Congrats awesome capture
Amiqdadi PRO+
 
Amiqdadi October 17, 2012
Great work...congrats
cynfrosty
 
cynfrosty October 17, 2012
Congratulations!! Very Nice.
pamramseycorey PRO+
 
pamramseycorey October 17, 2012
Wow, that's cool!
desertpagan
 
desertpagan October 17, 2012
A wicked cool shot! Congrats!!
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw October 17, 2012
Very Cool! congrats
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maryhale9534 October 17, 2012
Very cool shot! Congrats on your win!! :)M
Tulips
 
Tulips October 17, 2012
Congratulations!!!
Jeanne713 PRO+
 
Jeanne713 October 17, 2012
Very cool! Congrats!!
nihilistmia
 
nihilistmia October 17, 2012
brilliant capture, congrats on your win
JaredManeggio
 
JaredManeggio October 17, 2012
Awesome! congrats
binoychetri
 
binoychetri October 18, 2012
beautiful like it.....cheers..
Casper
 
Casper October 18, 2012
Super shot, congrats!!
karen11571
 
karen11571 October 18, 2012
Congratulations
sue1
 
sue1 October 19, 2012
Wow !
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates October 20, 2012
Wonderful shot! Congratulations!!
rachmonte
 
rachmonte October 20, 2012
Congrats! Love this.
Brun0
 
Brun0 October 21, 2012
Amazing shot, congrats
FMueller
 
FMueller October 21, 2012
Awesome shot, wow!
ashotinthedark
 
ashotinthedark October 22, 2012
congratulations on your win, so well deserved
jynx_NZ
 
jynx_NZ October 22, 2012
Amazing shot!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta October 26, 2012
Fabulous capture at just the right time & very effective. Congratulations.
JBdesign
 
JBdesign October 26, 2012
Congratulations on your win.........awesome capture!
Redjule PRO
 
Redjule October 29, 2012
Wonderful job, congrats!
goober20101
 
goober20101 October 30, 2012
fantastic shot
Monty
 
Monty January 31, 2013
Nice Shot. Unique.
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank You!
korinna PRO
 
korinna February 01, 2013
Voted! If you like any of mine, pls vote for it:
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snowdon PRO
 
snowdon February 01, 2013
Wow superb image - voted
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank You!
anneschlueter PRO
 
anneschlueter February 01, 2013
WOW. Great shot. voted
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
palooza
 
palooza February 07, 2013
Wow! I believe this is what's called a favorite!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
jaywoolwine
 
jaywoolwine February 08, 2013
Awesome...Voted
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
Towandan
 
Towandan February 23, 2013
Great photo! Truly inspiring!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
marcelfens
 
marcelfens April 05, 2013
Haha, cool one!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
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Etna April 07, 2013
Wow!
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jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
Cla6Ssy0
 
Cla6Ssy0 February 21, 2014
Awesome!!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
jimmoon_8772 March 13, 2014
Thank you!
AlejandraDodge
 
AlejandraDodge April 03, 2014
Wow! fantastic composition!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita April 29, 2014
Awesome shot...congrats!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
 
jimmoon_8772 June 02, 2014
Thank you everyone!
abrovarnik
 
abrovarnik June 22, 2014
Very nice!
AtzeniLucio
 
AtzeniLucio August 07, 2014
wonderfull job
mafe
 
mafe November 05, 2014
Good job!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 25, 2015
Amazing! Congrats.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 13, 2015
Congratulations on your win in From The Top Photo Contest!
Forfarlass PRO
 
Forfarlass January 28, 2016
Fantastic capture. This is an amazing photo.
Poe33
 
Poe33 March 16, 2016
My hometown, well, sorta. Great shot! Congratulations!
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards, nice job!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken approximately 5000-8000 FT in the air over San Francisco, California. I had spent the day with my daughter doing a photowalk in San Francisco and my wife is a flight attendant, so my daughter and I had just flown out for the day from Arizona. We flew out from Oakland CA, "standby flight" and we took off on a Northbound runway and I saw the Marine layer coming up over the Hills of San Francisco from my window seat on the left side of the plane.
Time
This image is unique for me, because it was never suppose to happen. As we took off, I was watching the marine layer roll in, I was on (at that moment in time), the West side of a Northbound airplane, it was on August 2nd, 2011 at 7:25 PM! Keep this in mind for the next paragraph.
Lighting
7:25 is Sunset... A perfect time for a beautiful Sunset over the Pacific Ocean with the marine layer rolling in.... Total Perfection (Right?). Those very mean Airline Pilots, banked a hard left and made a 180 degree turn, as I am Screaming in my head "NO", I am still watching the marine layer and all of the sudden I saw these 3 buildings, poking out of the marine layer, with soft lighting on 2 of them and if you look closely, there is a ghost of a building to the left of the larger brown building, it has two American Flags on it's towers. The marine layer was rolling in so fast that I was only able to get 5 frames that capture anything before all of the buildings were covered. My camera at that time shot 8 frames per second. The light was changing quickly!
Equipment
At that time I was shooting a Canon 60D, with a kit 18-200mm lens. I tell everyone that asks me how I captured this shot, that I was on a tall ladder. You have to have the ability to laugh at yourself if you want others to smile.
Inspiration
I think the simplest way to explain the inspiration for this photograph was, I though it was a once in a lifetime shot for any photographer, and I knew that if I could capture and process it correctly, that it would be one of my personal favorites of my own photography, and it is.
Editing
It is a single frame, I did process as a Raw file in Lightroom. I then made 2 additional virtual copies and sent them over to Photomatix HDR and did a 3 stop separation, and then did the HDR merge, I did some basic adjustments and imported it back into Lightroom, cleaned up a little noise and added a touch more contrast.
In my camera bag
I switched over from the Canon 60D, with a 18-200mm lens to the Canon 7DMKII, and went to a couple of the L-Series lenses. I have the standard kit cable release, tripod and a couple of Filters and the extra battery grip. Yes I look at the guy shooting the new Sony - Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Camera 40 MP, that ways less then my battery grip, and wish I had known more about it, prior to purchasing my new kit. It seems more travel friendly, then the half of a ton of equipment I carry around now. :)
Feedback
I was just meeting with a newer photographer over the last couple of hours. In the case of this shot, I only captured it because, I was in the right place, at the right time and was prepared to take advantage of a less then 1 second of opportunity. I have another photograph, that I shot 8 years ago and it was all wrong, so I spent the last 8 years waiting for a similar opportunity, of it snowing a lot in the Arizona desert on the Superstition Mountains. Jan,1st, 2015 the opportunity came again. I had scouted a better location and knew more about digital photography, Raw vs Jpeg and I got it right. That one took, 8 years, 2 hours of waiting for 5 min of golden light on a snow covered desert mountain. The moral of this photograph is, It's good to be lucky, but only if , but only if you are prepared for the lucky moment, regardless if it is 1 millisecond or 8 years, 2 hours and 5 minutes. Thank you, Jim

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